With all the access and comfort of the modern world that we live in, we are indeed a lucky species to exist on the planet. The hectic pace of our everyday modern responsibilities almost necessitates a downtime to unwind. The hospitality industry that has grown in leaps and bound in the last decade just serves the function right.
With experience, it has also evolved an understanding of the customers to a level where hospitality is just another way to show love and care.
So next time you’re in a mood to just throw caution to the wind and unwind with a unique experience just refer to this rundown on some of the best unique hotels in the world, ready to cater to your absurdist whim (and making for once-in-a-lifetime stay).
Rest assured these would not only meet your expectations but exceed them (preferably in unexpected and helpful ways). Enjoy!
1) The Underwater room, The Manta Resort, Tanzania
Imagine opening your eyes to shoals of reef fish! Here, you can see rare individuals that inhabit the turquoise ocean water. All from the windows of your bedroom! Enjoy the expanse of blue water surrounding you. Contemplate the infinity of the ocean from this room.
If all of this sounds too good to be true, it isn’t. It’s very real and you can experience it all and more at the Underwater room of Manta resort.
This three level accommodation has a ground floor bedroom. This bedroom is an underwater one, at sea level and a roof with a lounging area. The underwater windows attract unusual and shy creatures. You’ll be surprised to see octopuses, squids, and Spanish dancers.
The underwater room is one of the few isolated floating hotel houses in the world. It’s an experience of which tops almost anything! The place has also a Tripadvisor’s traveller’s choice award.
A minimum stay of at least three days is required for booking.
2) Levin Iglut, Kittilä, Finland
The Glass igloos here during the Northern lights season (late-August through April each year) are to watch out for. These offer a unique view of the aurora borealis and the natural beauty of arctic sky as you lie in the comfort of your bed.
The igloos located a felltop amidst the wooded mountains offer astonishing views over the valley. They are spacious and the premium igloos even offer motorized beds. You can adjust these beds to the position that best suits you. This way, you can enjoy the lights to its fullest! Rooms also feature free Wi-Fi, radio, and Bluetooth loudspeakers.
Suite igloos offer a terrace with a private outdoor jacuzzi. Thanks to the heating of the glass roof and walls, snow and ice do not obstruct the view to the sky. Also, the temperatures remain controlled inside the accommodations. Residing in an igloo in the wilderness of Lapland is an amazing experience in itself.
3) Tree hotel, Sweden
This landscape hotel located in a quaint village of Harads, let’s you live up among the tall trees in the pine forest of Northern Sweden. All of the tree houses are quirky. The names of the accommodations will give you a clue about the decoration and form of them. For example, there’s a Mirrorcube, the UFO, the bird’s nest, or the dragonfly.
The seasonal packages let you experience the charming surroundings. All year long you can enjoy them regardless of whether you like speed, adventure, tranquility or time for reflection. Additionally, you can also indulge in tons of activities. Enjoy a tree sauna or forest hiking. You can go white water rafting kayaking or on a dog sled tour. Also, there’s even a tour to take photos of the northern lights. And for the animal lover ones, you can take a moose safari!
Experiencing a stay here is take unique living to a whole new level, literally.
4) Skylodge Adventure Suites, Peru
This one is definitely for adrenaline junkies. Located in the Sacred Valley of Cuzco, Peru, the exclusive suite offers its guests a chance to sleep within a completely transparent hanging bedroom, to reach which they need to climb 400 mt. via Ferrata or hike an intrepid trail through zip lines.
Once up though you’ll be spoilt for the picturesque views of the magical and mystical valley below. Situated atop a 1200 ft mountain with a 300-degree view of the majestic Urumbamba Valley, the handcrafted suite comes complete with four beds, a dining area, and a private bathroom.
Safety is ensured by having the exit portal located in the upper part of the craft. Living out here is definitely not for the faint-hearted.
5) Sun Cruise hotel, South Korea
How would you like all the luxury and convenience of a cruise holiday, on land? Yes, you heard it right. Perched atop a tall hill (near Simgok Port and Jeongdongjin Beach) in Korea the world’s first on-land cruise ship won’t take you anywhere but can still give you all the right feels of an actual cruise.
There’s even a simulation of the sounds of the waves! From here, you can have one of the best sunrise and sunset views in the country.
The nautical rooms come with porthole-style windows, en suite bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, minibars and ocean views. The luxe facility also offers guests an outdoor seawater pool, karaoke rooms, an on-site convenience store with complimentary access to the resort and health club.
The cruise ship is located next to a park with a sculpture garden so you can wander through curious and beautiful flowers as well.
6) Hotel Marqués de Riscal Luxury, Elciego, Spain
This luxury collection hotel nestled in the heart of one of the oldest Spanish Wineries is a treat for the architectural buffs.
The eye-popping hotel designed by worldwide renowned architect Frank O. Gehry is a recipient of several awards in all categories from best concept and architecture to travel, gastronomy, wine, and well-being.
Its sophisticated and luxurious interior bears the unmistakable stamp of Gehry’s design with tilted walls, zigzag windows, cathedral-height ceilings and a host of other details which make the accommodation of 43 rooms & suites truly a work of art.
The place comes with Wi-Fi, Bang & Olufsen TVs, walk-in showers, vineyard views, suites add terraces, Michelin starred restaurant and a premium spa featuring grape-based treatments.
7) Icehotel, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
The famous hotel is made of ice and snow. Every winter, owners recreate the hotel in a new guise at the Swedish village of Jukkasjärvi. This village is about 200 km north of the Arctic Circle.
The unique hotel is all about ice and creativity –with art as a result. The place provides cold rooms, warm rooms, and art suites with a new addition of Icehotel 365 available all year round.
The permanent structure includes luxury suites, each with sauna and bathroom, and art suites, all sculptured by selected artists accompanied by a large ice bar that serves champagne, and an ice gallery. The facility is cooled by solar panels during the summer months.
We recommend you to book your stay up to a year in advance.
8) Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya
Owned by the Safari Collection this exclusive boutique hotel, set in 12 acres of private land within the indigenous forest of Langata suburb of Nairobi offers unique wild giraffe experiences to its visitors.
Don’t be surprised if a herd of resident Rothschild’s giraffe pays you a visit morning and evening, sometimes poking their long necks into the windows in the hope of a treat.
Giraffe Manor can be booked for the night or as part of a complete tailor-made safari with the Safari Collection.
9) Crane hotel, Faralda, Amsterdam
As the name suggests this could well be the most insane and inspiring place to stay. It is definitely for the creative and passionate free spirits who thrive on eccentricity.
The facility has three suites, a panoramic lounge and a heated spa pool on top deck. The crane is on the banks of the river IJ, 50 meters high above the NDSM industrial wharf, and directly opposite the center of Amsterdam.
Needless to add it offers some of the best panoramic views of the entire cityscape with a thrilling feel of reaching for the skies, literally.
This futuristic hotel equipped with state-of-the-art technologies is the world’s first hotel majorly staffed by robots. At the reception, you will be greeted by multi-lingual robots that will help you check in or check out.
At the cloakroom, a robotic arm will store your luggage for you and you can also chat and converse with these warm and friendly mechanical beings as they efficiently go about their work.
Furthermore, everything here is neo-futuristic and efficient as the hotel uses a cutting-edge facial recognition system for keyless stays, cutting edge hydrogen energy system, motion sensing light systems, solar panels and other eco-friendly measures building upon the philosophy of coexistence with the environment.